Good morning AskPerf!  Yesterday we announced the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) for download/testing.  This is huge for our Client OS business and we encourage you to download and play around with it.  Please see the following links for information and the download location for the Windows 8 beta.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Download Link

Welcome to Windows 8 – The Consumer Preview

Running the Consumer Preview: system recommendations

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business

We will be Blogging more about the exciting new features from a “Performance” standpoint over the coming months, so stay tuned!

-Blake Morrison